August 31, 2016

SDN Enabled Dynamically Reconfigurable High Capacity Optical Access Architecture for Converged Services

  • Alan Naughton
  • Bonk R.
  • Christian Blümm
  • Daniel Carey
  • David Payne
  • Frank Slyne
  • Giuseppe Talli
  • Marco Ruffini
  • Nick Parsons
  • Nicola Brandonisio
  • Paul Townsend
  • Peter Ossieur
  • Pfeiffer T.
  • Seamas Mcgettrick
  • Stefano Porto

Dynamically reconfigurable time-division multiplexing (TDM) dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) long-reach passive optical networks (PONs) can support the reduction of nodes and network interfaces by enabling a fully meshed flat optical core. In this paper we demonstrate the flexibility of the TDM-DWDM PON architecture, which can enable the convergence of multiple service types on a single physical layer. Heterogeneous services and modulation formats, i.e. residential 10G PON channels, business 100G dedicated channel and wireless fronthaul, are demonstrated co-existing on the same long reach TDM-DWDM PON system, with up to 100km reach, 512 users and 40 channels, employing amplifier nodes with either erbium doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs) or semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs). For the first time end-to-end software defined networking (SDN) management of the access and core network elements is also implemented and integrated with the PON physical layer in order to demonstrate two service use cases: a fast protection mechanism with end-to-end service restoration in the case of a primary link failure; and dynamic wavelength allocation (DWA) in response to an increased traffic demand.

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